News Articles for 2008

View from Southwest of Victoria Crater

December 29, 2008

Mars Rovers Near Five Years of Science and Discovery

NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity may still have big achievements ahead as they approach the fifth anniversaries of their memorable landings on Mars.

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artist concept of Epoxi

December 29, 2008

Epoxi Spacecraft Soars Past Home

The NASA/JPL Epoxi spacecraft flew within 43,000 kilometers (26,700 miles) of Earth today. The Epoxi mission is scheduled to fly past comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4, 2010.

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Apollo 15 Lunar Module Falcon

December 23, 2008

Four Out of Six Apollos

Their names are now part of exploration history – Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Storms, Frau Mauro, Hadley Rille, Descartes and Taurus-Littrow.

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Picture of Sossina Haile and a fuel cell

December 23, 2008

Researcher hopes to put fuel cells on the fast track

The slow evolution of clean-energy solutions is about to kick into high gear, if Sossina M. Haile has anything to say about it.

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Artist concept of crew members near lunar lander

December 23, 2008

To Go Where No Spacecraft Has Gone Before

Scattered loosely around the beltline of Earth's nearest neighbor are six silent sentinels, testaments to America's first moon program.

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Ali Vanderveld

December 22, 2008

What Can Swiss Cheese Teach us About Dark Energy?

About 10 years ago, scientists reached the astonishing conclusion that our universe is accelerating apart at ever-increasing speeds, stretching space and time itself like melted cheese.

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Category 5 hurricane Katrina

December 19, 2008

NASA Study Links Severe Storm Increases, Global Warming

The frequency of extremely high clouds in Earth's tropics -- the type associated with severe storms and rainfall -- is increasing as a result of global warming, according to a study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Kepler spacecraft

December 18, 2008

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Ready to Ship to Florida

Engineers are getting ready to pack NASA's Kepler spacecraft into a container and ship it off to its launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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color-coded image showing carbonate

December 18, 2008

Scientists Find 'Missing' Mineral and Clues to Mars Mysteries

Researchers using a powerful instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found a long-sought-after mineral on the Martian surface and, with it, unexpected clues to the Red Planet's watery past.

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Jupiter and Ganymede

December 18, 2008

Hubble Eyes Jupiter-Ganymede Combo

The JPL-developed and -built Wide Field and Planetary 2 camera on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a view of Jupiter with its moon Ganymede.

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multiwavelength view of region on moon (left) and thermal emission view (right)

December 17, 2008

NASA Instrument Inaugurates 3-D Moon Imaging

Different wavelengths of light provide new information about a region of the moon in an image taken by NASA's instrument aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.

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Crescenta Valley High School students

December 16, 2008

Students Zoom Aerial Cars in Engineering Contest

Twenty-four student teams and six JPL employees raced their hand-built aerial cars in the 11th annual Invention Challenge held Friday, Dec. 12.

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artist concept of OSTM/Jason-2 in space

December 16, 2008

New Oceanography Mission Data Now Available

Oceanography data that will help scientists around the world better understand climate change are now available.

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 nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars

December 16, 2008

Planets Living on the Edge

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows one unlucky lot of stars, born into a dangerous neighborhood.

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Active Cryovolcanic Features on Titan?

December 15, 2008

Titan's Volcanoes Give Nasa Spacecraft Chilly Reception

Recent Cassini spacecraft flybys of Titan have revealed new information about possible ice volcanoes on the small moon.

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Frost Accumulates on 'Snow White' Trench

December 15, 2008

Phoenix Site on Mars May be in Dry Climate Cycle Phase

The Martian arctic soil that NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander dug into this year is very cold and very dry.

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NASA's Cassini captured this stunning mosaic as the spacecraft sped away from this geologically active moon of Saturn.

December 15, 2008

Saturn's Dynamic Moon Enceladus Shows More Signs of Activity

The closer scientists look at Saturn's small moon Enceladus, the more they find evidence of an active world.

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artist concept of Epoxi

December 11, 2008

Epoxi Spacecraft Burns for Home

The NASA/JPL Epoxi spacecraft fired its engines today to prepare for a Dec. 29 Earth flyby. The Epoxi mission is scheduled to fly past comet Hartley 2 in 2010.

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artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

December 11, 2008

Mars Orbiter Completes First Phase of Science Mission

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed its primary, two-year science phase.

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This artist's concept shows the dimmest star-like bodies currently known

December 10, 2008

Astronomers Find the Two Dimmest Stellar Bulbs

It's a tie! The new record-holder for dimmest known star-like object in the universe goes to twin "failed" stars, each of which shines feebly with only one millionth the light of our sun.

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montage showing rose and Earth

December 10, 2008

What's in a Name?

Whether referred to as global warming or climate change, the consequences of the changes currently being observed in Earth's climate system could be considerable.

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Earth data

December 9, 2008

Oscillation Rules as the Pacific Cools

The latest image of sea-surface height measurements from the U.S./French Jason-1 oceanography satellite shows the Pacific Ocean remains locked in a strong, cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a large, long-lived pattern of climate variability in the Pacific associated with a general cooling of Pacific waters.

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Artist view of Exoplanet

December 9, 2008

Hubble Telescope Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star.

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Swan nebula

December 8, 2008

Rivers of Gas Flow Around Stars in New Space Image

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a turbulent star-forming region, where rivers of gas and stellar winds are eroding thickets of dusty material.

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fractured mounds

December 8, 2008

New 3-D Views from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The team operating the highest-resolution camera orbiting Mars has posted 362 stereo images, providing three-dimensional views of mounds, canyons, gullies and other features.

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artist concept of Mars Science Laboratory

December 4, 2008

Next NASA Mars Mission Rescheduled for 2011

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will launch two years later than previously planned, in the fall of 2011.

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Rhythmic bedding in sedimentary bedrock within Becquerel crater on Mars

December 4, 2008

NASA Orbiter Finds Martian Rock Record With 10 Beats to the Bar

Climate cycles persisting for millions of years on ancient Mars left a record of rhythmic patterns in thick stacks of sedimentary rock layers, revealed in three-dimensional detail by a telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Tycho supernova remnant

December 3, 2008

Vivid Death of a Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contributed to this view of the remains of a star whose death was witnessed on Earth centuries ago.

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Sumatra plate boundary

December 3, 2008

New Study Finds Sumatra Still at High Risk for Big Quake

Two large quakes beneath Sumatra in 2007 did not adequately relieve built-up stress, according to a study that includes a JPL researcher and radar data.

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Artist's depiction of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars.

December 1, 2008

NASA Finishes Listening for Phoenix Mars Lander

After nearly a month of daily checks to determine whether Martian NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander would be able to communicate again, the agency has stopped using its Mars orbiters to hail the lander and listen for its beep.

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artist concept of jets on Enceladus, Image copyright: Karl Kofoed

November 26, 2008

Enceladus Jets: Are They Wet or Just Wild?

Scientists continue to search for the cause of the geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

November 26, 2008

Public Presentation About Mars Orbiter's Images and Findings

Mars scientists will present dramatic images and key findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at a free evening program in Pasadena on Thursday, Dec. 4, celebrating completion of the mission's first two-year science phase.

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artist concept of Juno

November 24, 2008

NASA Prepares for New Juno Mission to Jupiter

NASA is officially moving forward on a mission to conduct an unprecedented, in-depth study of Jupiter.

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artist concept of Dawn in space

November 20, 2008

Dawn Glides Into New Year

NASA's Dawn spacecraft shut down its ion propulsion system today as scheduled.

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artist concept of glacier on Mars

November 20, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Detects Buried Glaciers on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet.

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galaxies

November 20, 2008

JPL's Hubble Camera Chips In To Galactic Core Portrait

JPL's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 contributed to a new portrait of one of the universe's most brilliant star-making galaxies.

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artist concept of NuSTAR

November 20, 2008

Magazine Honors a Star of NuSTAR

Principal investigators for two JPL-managed missions -- Fiona Harrison of Caltech, with the NuSTAR mission, and Maria Zuber of MIT, with the Grail moon mission -- are honored by U.S. News & World Report as two of "America's Best Leaders."

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map showing 4 possible landing sites for Mars Science Lab

November 19, 2008

Site List Narrows For NASA's Next Mars Landing

Four intriguing places on Mars have risen to the final round as NASA selects a landing site for its next Mars mission, the Mars Science Laboratory.

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November 19, 2008

NASA Plans Test of 'Electronic Nose' on International Space Station

NASA astronauts on Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission will install an instrument on the International Space Station that can "smell" dangerous chemicals in the air.

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Phoenix's robotic arm

November 19, 2008

Phoenix Mars Lander Team Wins Innovation Award

The University of Arizona has received an Arizona Governor's Innovator of the Year Award for leading NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission.

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Employees building the Mars Science Laboratory

November 18, 2008

NASA Invites Students to Name New Mars Rover

NASA is looking for the right stuff, or in this case, the right name for the next Mars rover.

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artist concept of QuikScat

November 18, 2008

NASA's Quikscat Ocean-Observing Satellite Mission Honored

The Earth-observing satellite has been recognized for helping scientists better understand our home planet.

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artist concept of interplanetary internet

November 18, 2008

NASA Tests First Deep-Space Internet

NASA has successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet.

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artist concept of Stardust-Next

November 18, 2008

Stardust Spacecraft Burns For Home

The NASA/JPL Stardust spacecraft fired its engines today to prepare for a Jan. 14, 2009, Earth flyby. Stardust is scheduled to fly past comet Tempel 1 in 2011.

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Byrd Glacier, Antarctica

November 17, 2008

JPL Instrument Observes Changes in Big Antarctic Glacier

JPL satellite data have helped scientists crack the case of a speeding Antarctic glacier. Understanding glacial flow processes can improve sea level forecasts.

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3D map of Mars

November 17, 2008

Clues from Mars Odyssey Support Oceans Theory

Mapping of potassium, thorium and iron concentrations on Mars provides evidence for a controversial idea that oceans covered about a third of ancient Mars.

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distribution of atmospheric water vapor

November 17, 2008

Water Vapor Doubles Carbon Dioxide's Warming Effect

A JPL instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite has helped researchers estimate more precisely than ever before the heat-trapping effect of water in the air.

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Southern Half of Spirit's 'Bonestell' Panorama

November 14, 2008

Mars Rover Team Sets Low-Power Plan for NASA's Spirit

After assessing data received from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on Thursday, mission controllers laid out plans for the rover to conserve its modest energy during the next few weeks.

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Artist's depiction of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars.

November 13, 2008

NASA Mars Lander Receives Award From Magazine

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has won recognition from Popular Science magazine as an innovation worthy of the publication's "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the aviation and space category.

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The deck of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit

November 13, 2008

Controllers Cheer as Data Arrive from NASA's Spirit Rover

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit communicated via the Mars Odyssey orbiter today right at the time when ground controllers had told it to, prompting shouts of "She's talking!" among the rover team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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planet Fomalhaut b orbiting its parent star, Fomalhaut

November 13, 2008

Hubble Directly Observes a Planet Orbiting Another Star

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star.

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near-Earth asteroid

November 13, 2008

Sizing Up Near-Earth Asteroids

JPL scientist Amy Mainzer talks about our nearest neighbors and how the upcoming Wide-field Infrared Explorer mission will observe them.

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The deck of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit

November 12, 2008

Mars Rover Spirit Remains Quiet as Dust Storm Weakens

A dust storm that has reduced power to NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is clearing, but the Spirit's status remains unknown on Wednesday.

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Artist concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory

November 12, 2008

NASA's Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Sleuth Arrives at Launch Site

NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final launch preparations.

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Saturn's Polar Aurora

November 12, 2008

Cassini Finds Mysterious New Aurora on Saturn

Saturn has its own unique brand of aurora that lights up the polar cap, unlike any other planetary aurora known in our solar system. This odd aurora revealed itself to one of the infrared instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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cristobalite

November 11, 2008

Dusty Shock Waves Generate Planet Ingredients

Shock waves around dusty, young stars might be creating the raw materials for planets, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The deck of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit

November 10, 2008

Dust Storm Cuts Energy Supply of NASA Mars Rover Spirit

A dust storm on Mars has cut into the amount of sunlight reaching the solar array on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, leaving the rover in a vulnerable state.

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Phoenix's robotic arm

November 10, 2008

Mars Phoenix Lander Finishes Successful Work on Red Planet

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months.

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artist concept of Chandrayaan-1

November 10, 2008

JPL Instrument Circling Moon

JPL's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument is aboard India's moon voyage, Chandrayaan-1. A Sat., Nov. 8 maneuver placed the craft in orbit around the moon.

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conference logo

November 6, 2008

NASA Science Showcased at Supercomputing Conference

NASA will highlight some inspiring science and engineering achievements at an international conference in Austin, Texas, Nov. 15-21. The conference includes research from JPL and five other NASA field centers.

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Malaspina Glacier

November 6, 2008

JPL Gravity Satellites Gauge Alaskan Glacier Ice Loss

A new study makes the most precise measurements yet of ice loss in Gulf of Alaska mountain glaciers, a region contributing substantially to sea level rise.

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Enceladus

November 5, 2008

Exciting Times for Cassini

Cassini scientist Amanda Hendrix talks about in-depth investigations of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

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artist concept of Chandrayaan-1

November 4, 2008

JPL Instrument Moon-Bound

JPL's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument is aboard India’s maiden moon voyage, Chandrayaan-1. A maneuver performed today (Tues., Nov. 4) placed the Indian spacecraft on a path toward the moon.

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Artist concept of the Phoenix Mars Lander

November 3, 2008

NASA Hearing Daily From Weak Phoenix Mars Lander (Nov. 3)

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has communicated with controllers daily since Oct. 30 through relays to Mars orbiters.

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Enceladus blog

November 1, 2008

Cassini Beams Back Images of Enceladus

Cassini sends back new pictures of Saturn's moon Enceladus, showing striking detail of the tiger striped region and jet sources on the moon's south pole.

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Enceladus blog

October 31, 2008

Cassini to Swing Past Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will fly by Saturn's moon Enceladus on Fri., Oct. 31. Join mission members as they blog about the upcoming enoounter.

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JPL

October 31, 2008

NASA Chooses Small-Business Innovation Proposals

NASA has selected 142 proposals for possible contract awards in its Small Business Innovation Research program. JPL is providing technical oversight for 19 of these projects to develop technology for future missions.

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visible light and ultraviolet view of Ghost of Mirach

October 31, 2008

'Ghost of Mirach' Materializes in Space Telescope Image

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has lifted the veil off a ghost known to haunt the local universe, providing new insight into the formation and evolution of galaxies.

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artist concept of OSTM/Jason-2 in space

October 31, 2008

Sea Level Monitoring Enters New Era

In a major milestone leading to full service, satellite operations for the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 have been handed over to NOAA.

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Full-Circle Color Panorama of Phoenix Landing Site on Northern Mars

October 30, 2008

Phoenix Mission Status Report

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander communicated with an orbiter Thursday. Engineers continue assessing the lander's status and steps needed for returning to science activities.

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JPL Business Office icon

October 30, 2008

NASA to Hold Small Business Symposium

NASA will host the inaugural Small Business Symposium and Awards Ceremony Nov. 17-18 in Washington, DC.

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pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies

October 30, 2008

JPL's Hubble Camera Keeps on Clicking

The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, designed and built by JPL, is back in the image business. It has been a workhorse on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope since 1993.

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October 30, 2008

Spooky Creatures on the Prowl

Ghosts and goblins appear to be making their annual haunt around Earth and Saturn. These enhanced images capture a spacey view of Halloween.

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Artist's depiction of the spacecraft fully deployed on the surface of Mars.

October 29, 2008

Phoenix Mission Status Report

NASA'S Phoenix Mars Lander entered safe mode late yesterday in response to a low-power fault brought on by deteriorating weather conditions.

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Phoenix's robotic arm

October 28, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mission Faces Survival Challenges

In a race against time and the elements, engineers with NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission hope to extend the lander's survival by gradually shutting down some of its instruments and heaters, starting today.

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Martian rocks containing a hydrated mineral similar to opal

October 28, 2008

NASA Orbiter Reveals Details of a Wetter Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has observed a new category of minerals spread across large regions of Mars, suggesting that liquid water remained on the planet's surface a billion years later than scientists believed.

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Einstein ring

October 28, 2008

The Great Cosmology Challenge

Cosmologists at JPL and other institutions are challenging researchers to come up with better statistical tools for probing dark matter and dark energy.

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Artist concept of a dual asteroid belt

October 27, 2008

Closest Planetary System Hosts Two Asteroid Belts

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicate that the nearest planetary system to our own has two asteroid belts. Our own solar system has just one.

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National Space Club  Astronautics Engineer Award

October 23, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Team Wins National Space Club Award

The National Space Club presented NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission team with its Astronautics Engineer Award last night in Huntsville, Ala.

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artist concept of Chandrayaan-1

October 22, 2008

JPL Instrument Hitches Ride to Moon

JPL's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument is carried aboard India’s maiden moon voyage, Chandrayaan-1, which launched Tuesday, Oct. 21.

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portion of San Andreas fault

October 22, 2008

Shakeout for Southern California

Geophysicist Maggi Glasscoe previews an upcoming earthquake preparedness drill in southern California.

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Soil on Phoenix

October 21, 2008

Phoenix Lander Finishes Soil Delivery to Onboard Labs

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has finished scooping soil samples to deliver to its onboard laboratories, and is now preparing to analyze samples already obtained.

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Mauna Loa, image credit: USGS/T.J. Casadevall

October 21, 2008

Scientists Seek Climate Clues From Atop Hawaiian Volcano

JPL scientists, satellites and ground-based instruments are contributing to a month-long, university-led experiment on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano to track water vapor in Earth's sub-tropics, which affects global temperatures, and rainfall in North America.

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bleached coral reefs

October 21, 2008

Climate Change Seeps Into the Sea

Scientists hope a new NASA mission will help them better understand how Earth's ocean swallows the bitter pill known as carbon dioxide.

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Enceladus, from Oct. 9, 2008 flyby

October 20, 2008

Enceladus Blog: Catching Our Breaths

Cassini scientist Amanda Hendrix blogs about the recent flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus and looks forward to the next flyby on Oct. 31.

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Soil Fills Phoenix Laboratory Cell

October 17, 2008

Phoenix Gets Bonus Soil Sample

The Mars Phoenix Lander's robotic arm successfully delivered soil into oven six of the lander's thermal and evolved-gas analyzer (TEGA) on Monday, Oct. 13, or Martian day (sol) 137 of the mission.

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Phoenix's robotic arm

October 15, 2008

Phoenix Mars Mission Honored by Popular Mechanics

Three members of the Phoenix team were recognized for leading the successful mission to Mars: Barry Goldstein, the Phoenix project manager from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Peter Smith, the principal investigator from the University of Arizona, Tuscon; and Ed Sedivy, the Phoenix program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

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mound on Mars

October 15, 2008

Martian Polar Layer Erosion Looks Striking

In a newly released image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, an unusual mound punctuates dramatic stripes of Martian polar terrain where icy layers are eroding.

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instrument waving in wind

October 15, 2008

Phoenix Braves Dust and Winds

High winds and dust devils blew through Phoenix's landing site last weekend. These two short videos show them in action.

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dust storm on Mars

October 14, 2008

Phoenix Weathers Dust Storm

The Phoenix Lander over the weekend successfully weathered a regional dust storm that temporarily lowered its solar power, and the team is back investigating the Red Planet's northern plains.

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Jon Giorgini

October 13, 2008

JPL's Jon Giorgini Honored With Masursky Award

Jon Giorgini, an engineer at JPL, has received the prestigious Harold Masursky Award, presented by the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences.

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Saturn's south polar vortex

October 13, 2008

Giant Cyclones at Saturn's Poles Create a Swirl of Mystery

New images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a giant cyclone at Saturn's north pole, and show that a similarly monstrous cyclone churning at Saturn's south pole is powered by Earth-like storm patterns.

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comet Holmes

October 13, 2008

NASA's Spitzer Gets Sneak Peek Inside Comet Holmes

When comet Holmes unexpectedly erupted in 2007, professional and amateur astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the spectacular event.

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3D view of trenches on Mars

October 10, 2008

Phoenix Digs Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has been digging and excavating Martian soil with its nearly 8-foot-long robotic arm. New images, like this one in 3D, show the trenchwork taken on Oct. 7.

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Enceladus, from Oct. 9, 2008 flyby

October 10, 2008

Cassini Sends Home Data From Close Flyby

Follow along as the Cassini science and engineering teams blog about the Oct. 9 close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Post your comments.

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artist concept of Odyssey

October 9, 2008

NASA's Mars Odyssey Shifting Orbit for Extended Mission

The longest-serving of six spacecraft now studying Mars is up to new tricks for a third two-year extension of its mission to examine the most Earthlike of known foreign planets.

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large scale patterns of carbon dioxide concentrations that are transported around the Earth by the general circulation of the atmosphere

October 9, 2008

NASA Maps Shed Light on Carbon Dioxide's Global Nature

A NASA/university team has published the first global satellite maps of the key greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in Earth's mid-troposphere, an area about 8 kilometers, or 5 miles, above Earth.

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La Mancha trench

October 8, 2008

Phoenix Lander Digs and Analyzes Soil as Darkness Gathers

As fall approaches Mars' northern plains, NASA's Phoenix Lander is busy digging into the Red Planet's soil and scooping it into its onboard science laboratories for analysis.

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star-forming region

October 8, 2008

Splashy Portrait Helps Explain How Stars Form

Different wavelengths of light swirl together like watercolors in a new, ethereal portrait of a bright, star-forming region.

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artist works on installation

October 7, 2008

Artists and Astronomers 'Observe' the Universe Together

A new exhibition opening in Pasadena brings artists and astronomers together to create original pieces of art. The project is a collaboration between the Art Center College of Design and NASA's Spitzer Science Center.

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2008 TC3

October 6, 2008

Small Asteroid to Light Up Sky Over Africa

An asteroid measuring several feet in diameter is expected to enter the atmosphere over northern Sudan before dawn Tuesday, setting off a potentially brilliant natural fireworks display.

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close-up view of Enceladus

October 6, 2008

Cassini Plans Doubleheader Flybys of Saturn's Geyser Moon

As major league baseball readies for the World Series, NASA's Cassini team will come to bat twice this month when the spacecraft flies by Saturn's geyser moon, Enceladus.

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Titan

October 2, 2008

NASA Selects Science Teams for Astrobiology Institute

NASA has awarded five-year grants, averaging $7 million each, to 10 research teams from across the country, including two from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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star-forming region

October 2, 2008

Stellar Landscape for 10 Years of Hubble Heritage

This landscape-like picture of a star-forming region contains data taken earlier this year with JPL's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

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Cassiopeia A

October 1, 2008

Infrared Echoes Give NASA's Spitzer a Supernova Flashback

Hot spots near the shattered remains of an exploded star are echoing the blast's first moments, say scientists using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Martian Sunrise

September 29, 2008

NASA Mars Lander Sees Falling Snow, Soil Data Suggest Liquid Past

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds.

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Stardust capsule on ground

September 25, 2008

NASA Stardust Capsule to Go on Display at Smithsonian

Having returned the world's first particles from a comet, NASA's Stardust sample return capsule will join the collection of flight icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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deformation bands in Martian bedrock

September 25, 2008

NASA Orbiter Reveals Rock Fracture Plumbing on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed hundreds of small fractures exposed on the Martian surface that billions of years ago directed flows of water through underground Martian sandstone.

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Victor Mejia

September 25, 2008

Summer Interns: In Their Own Words

More than 300 high school and college interns worked at JPL this summer in areas such as robotic hardware systems and nano- and micro-systems. New web videos profile two of the students.

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NASA's Kepler spacecraft

September 23, 2008

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Baked and Ready for More Tests

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission, scheduled to launch in 2009, has survived an extreme temperature test.

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Artist concept of the heliosphere

September 23, 2008

Ulysses Reveals Global Solar Wind Plasma Output at 50-Year Low

Data from the Ulysses spacecraft show the sun has reduced its output of solar wind to the lowest levels since accurate readings became available.

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Rock moved by Mars lander

September 23, 2008

Mars Lander Moves Rock to Study What's Beneath

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander slid a rock into a nearby trench Monday to gain access to the soil under the rock.

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artist concept of the sun and California

September 23, 2008

Cool Summer, Warm Future for Southern California

Summer 2008 goes down in the books as cooler than normal but don't expect this summer's respite from the heat to continue.

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rock nicknamed Headless

September 22, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Lander Might Peek Under a Rock

If the robotic arm on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander can nudge a rock aside today, scientists on the Phoenix team would like to see what's underneath.

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Victoria and Endeavour Craters

September 22, 2008

NASA's Mars Rover to Head Toward Bigger Crater

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is setting its sights on a crater more than 20 times larger than its home for the past two years.

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Rugged highland material in an area near the Martian equator

September 19, 2008

Mars Mineral Studies Continue to Grow

More than 1,500 newly released images from a spectrometer instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will boost understanding of what minerals exist where on the Martian surface.

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Morning frost in trench

September 19, 2008

Morning Frost in Martian Trench

A Sept. 18 false-color image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows morning frost and subsurface ice in a trench where the lander was working.

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students

September 19, 2008

Summer as a Rocket Scientist

Six college students on a fellowship program spent their summer at JPL working on a mission that will one day image Earth using technology that is like a "camera on steroids."

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jet of gas firing out of a very young star

September 18, 2008

Water Hit With Young Star's Best Shot

Water is being blasted to pieces by a young star's laser-like jets, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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channels on Mars

September 18, 2008

NASA Orbiter Images Suggest Mars Had Long Wet Spell

Water may have played a role in shaping parts of the Martian landscape a billion years longer than previously indicated, according to interpretation of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Ius Chasma's floor

September 18, 2008

Images From More Than 1,000 Mars Observations Posted

Newly posted images from more than 1,000 observations by the high resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal details as small as a desk.

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Mid-Infrared Instrument

September 17, 2008

Shake, Rattle and Roll: James Webb Telescope Components Pass Tests

You might think that shaking and freezing a state-of-the-art, meticulously crafted machine is a bad idea.

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earthquake destruction

September 17, 2008

Upcoming Lecture: Earthquakes in Southern California

Local earthquake scientist Lucy Jones will assess earthquake risks and discuss ongoing steps to prepare for major quakes. The lecture date has changed to Sept. 25 and 26.

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crumpled heat shield

September 17, 2008

Phoenix Images Discarded Heat Shield

A new color high-resolution image from the Phoenix Mars Lander shows its crumpled heat shield about 150 meters away from the spacecraft.

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More soil delivered to Phoenix lab

September 16, 2008

More Soil Delivered to Phoenix Lab

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has successfully delivered more soil to its Wet Chemistry Laboratory.

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Hurricane Ike

September 13, 2008

Ike Roared Ashore in Texas

Hurricane Ike is seen in infrared by NASA's Aqua spacecraft about an hour after making landfall Sept. 13 in Galveston, Texas.

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Hurricane Ike

September 12, 2008

Ike Begins Battering Gulf Coast

A monstrously large, extremely dangerous Hurricane Ike is already affecting the Gulf Coast. NASA's Aqua spacecraft took this infrared image early Sept. 12.

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Martian dust devil

September 11, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Lander Sees, Feels Martian Whirlwinds in Action

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has photographed several dust devils dancing across the arctic plain this week and sensed a dip in air pressure as one passed near the lander.

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Arctic sea ice

September 11, 2008

QuikScat Maps Historic Sea Ice Changes

QuikScat has detected a recent major melting of sea ice (depicted in red and magenta) that is clearing Arctic sea routes.

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Hurricane Ike

September 11, 2008

Ike Advances on the Gulf Coast

A very large and growing Hurricane Ike steams toward the Texas coast in this Sept. 11 afternoon infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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'Snow White' trench

September 9, 2008

Next Mars Soil Scoop Slated for Last of Lander's Wet Lab Cells

The next soil sample that NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will deliver to its deck instruments will go to the fourth of the four cells of Phoenix's wet chemistry laboratory, according to the Phoenix team's current plans.

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asteroid Steins

September 8, 2008

Rosetta Images Asteroid Steins

On its way to a 2014 rendezvous with a comet, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft successfully flew past asteroid Steins on Sept. 5. JPL manages NASA's participation in the mission and supplied the Microwave Instrument.

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Clumps on leg strut beneath Phoenix

September 8, 2008

Phoenix Monitors Frosty Clumps on its Struts

The latest look underneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows growth of clumps that are adhering to a leg strut.

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The Anthe Arc

September 5, 2008

Cassini Images Ring Arcs Among Saturn's Moons

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a faint, partial ring orbiting with one small moon of Saturn, and has confirmed the presence of another partial ring orbiting with a second moon.

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Hurricane Gustav

September 5, 2008

September Peak Month for Atlantic Hurricanes

Why is September the peak month for hurricanes? NASA oceanographer Bill Patzert provides some insights.

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Hurricane Hanna

September 5, 2008

East Coast Braces for Hanna's Arrival

Purples denote Tropical Storm Hanna's strongest winds (left image) and highest, coldest cloud tops (right image) in these Sept. 5 views from NASA's QuikScat and Aqua spacecraft, respectively.

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fork-like conductivity probe on Phoenix

September 4, 2008

Spiky Probe on NASA Mars Lander Raises Vapor Quandary

A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside Phoenix, but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly and perplexingly dry.

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artist concept of Rosetta

September 4, 2008

Rosetta Set To Fly By Asteroid

On its way to a 2014 rendezvous with a comet, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will fly by asteroid Steins on Sept. 5. JPL manages NASA's participation in the Rosetta mission.

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Hurricane Ike

September 4, 2008

Unlikable Ike Looms Large

Hurricane Ike marches west in this Sept. 4 early morning infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft. Ike is a compact but powerful storm with maximum sustained winds of 217 kilometers (135 miles) per hour.

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Carl Sagan

September 3, 2008

NASA's Carl Sagan Fellows to Study Extraterrestrial Worlds

NASA announced Wednesday the new Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration, created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars.

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Tropical Storm Hanna, left, and Josephine

September 3, 2008

Hanna and Her Sister

While Tropical Storm Hanna moves toward the Bahamas, in the eastern Atlantic, her younger sister, Tropical Storm Josephine, begins her westward trek in these Sept. 3 infrared images from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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Tropical Storm Hanna

September 2, 2008

Hanna Goes to Haiti

Tropical Storm Hanna follows in Gustav's footsteps, affecting Haiti and the Dominican Republic in this Sept. 2 afternoon infrared image from NASA's Aqua satellite. Hanna is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow and may affect the entire U.S. eastern seaboard by this weekend.

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Ice Clouds in Martian Arctic (Accelerated Movie)

September 1, 2008

Analysis Begins on Deepest Soil Sample

Scientists have begun to analyze a sample of soil delivered to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's wet chemistry experiment from the deepest trench dug so far in the Martian arctic plains.

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Infrared image of Hurricane Gustav

September 1, 2008

Gustav Grinds Ashore

This Sept. 1 early morning infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft shows Hurricane Gustav about six hours before the Category Two storm made landfall in Louisiana.

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Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

Gustav Churns Toward Northern Gulf Coast

Major Hurricane Gustav continues its northward churn through the Gulf of Mexico in this early morning Aug. 31 infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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Infrared view of Hurricane Gustav

August 30, 2008

Gustav Grows, Sets Its Eye on Cuba, Gulf

The clearly defined eye of powerful Hurricane Gustav prepares to strike western Cuba in this Aug. 30 afternoon infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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Tracks from Opportunity rover

August 29, 2008

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Ascends to Level Ground

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has climbed out of the large crater that it had been examining from the inside since last September.

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Picking up Clues from the Discard Pile

August 29, 2008

NASA Phoenix Mission Conducting Extended Activities on Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, having completed its 90-day primary mission, is continuing its science collection activities.

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August 29, 2008

Gustav Strengthens in the Caribbean

A swirl of purple marks the high, cold clouds atop Hurricane Gustav in this Aug. 29 afternoon image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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August 28, 2008

Will Gustav Dodge the Gulf's Warmest Waters?

Tropical Storm Gustav's path through the warm ocean circulation features of the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, shown on this Aug. 28 map created with data from NASA's Jason-1 satellite, may play a significant role in its potential intensification.

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Southern Half of Spirit's 'Bonestell' Panorama

August 26, 2008

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Climbing out of Victoria Crater

NASA's Mars Exploration rover Opportunity is heading back out to the Red Planet's surrounding plains nearly a year after descending into a large Martian crater to examine exposed ancient rock layers.

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trench on mars

August 25, 2008

Digs Deeper As Third Month Nears End

The next sample of Martian soil being grabbed for analysis is coming from a trench about three times deeper than any other trench NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has dug.

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August 25, 2008

Fay's Rains Still Drenching the Southeast

While now a tropical depression, Fay continues spreading heavy rain and winds over a wide swath of the U.S. Southeast, as seen in this Aug. 25 afternoon infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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star-forming region, called W5

August 22, 2008

Generations of Stars Pose for Family Portrait

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells a tale of life and death amidst a rich family history.

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Tropical Storm Fay

August 22, 2008

Fay Refuses To Fade

Tropical Storm Fay, seen in this Aug. 22 afternoon infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft, continues its slow westward trek across northern Florida, heading for the Gulf of Mexico and a probable fourth U.S. landfall.

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Mid-Level Soil Sample for Oven Number Seven

August 21, 2008

Mid-Depth Soil Collected for Lab Test On NASA's Mars Lander

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has scooped up a soil sample from an intermediate depth between the ground surface and a subsurface icy layer.

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Yuri Carrillo

August 20, 2008

Young Thinkers Get to Tinker at JPL

More than 300 students have swelled JPL's ranks this summer, hailing from high schools, community colleges, four-year universities and graduate schools across the country.

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Phoenix's workspace

August 20, 2008

Phoenix Mars Lander Explores Site by Trenching

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander scientists and engineers are continuing to dig into the area around the lander with the spacecraft's robotic arm, looking for new materials to analyze and examining the soil and ice subsurface structure.

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cluster brimming with millions of stars

August 20, 2008

Most Black Holes Might Come in Only Small and Large

Black holes are sometimes huge cosmic beasts, billions of times the mass of our sun, and sometimes petite with just a few times the sun's mass.

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Tropical Storm Fay

August 20, 2008

Fay Stalls Over Florida

Tropical Storm Fay, seen in this Aug. 20 afternoon infrared image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft, continues to dump torrential rain over Florida.

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Tropical Storm Fay

August 19, 2008

Fay Feeds on Florida

Tropical Storm Fay engulfs Southern and Central Florida in this QuikScat image taken Tues., Aug. 19, at 7:33 a.m. EDT.

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tropical storm Fay

August 18, 2008

Floridians Prep for Fay's Fury

Tropical Storm Fay advances on Florida in this Aug. 18 NASA Aqua infrared image. Fay is expected to make landfall Tuesday.

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Baghad Sulcus on Enceladus

August 14, 2008

Cassini Pinpoints Source of Jets on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Cassini has pinpointed precisely where the icy jets erupt from the surface of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus.

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3D map showing martian particle

August 14, 2008

Phoenix Microscope Takes First Image of Martian Dust Particle

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has taken the first-ever image of a single particle of Mars' ubiquitous dust, using its atomic force microscope.

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map of ocean showing sea level change

August 13, 2008

Portrait of a Warming Ocean, Rising Sea Levels

Global sea level is on the rise, but the rise isn't uniform across the ocean. In this image, white and red show where sea level has risen the most; purple and blue where it has dropped.

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artist concept of Enceladus flyby

August 11, 2008

Cassini Begins Transmitting Data From Enceladus Flyby

Shortly after 9:03 p.m. Pacific Time, the Cassini spacecraft began sending data to Earth following a close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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nebula 170,000 light-years away

August 11, 2008

JPL Camera Marks Hubble's 100,000th Orbit

To commemorate Hubble's 100,000th orbit on Aug. 10, scientists used a JPL-designed and -built camera onboard the space telescope snapped this dazzling region of a nebula 170,000 light-years away.

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sample delivered through gap in oven

August 9, 2008

Soil Studies Continue at Site of Phoenix Mars Lander

Vibration of the screen above a laboratory oven on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander on Saturday got enough soil into the oven begin analysis of the sample.

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Enceladus

August 9, 2008

Follow Monday's Enceladus Flyby on NASA Blog

Cassini is flying about 30 miles above the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Monday, Aug. 11. Mission scientists and engineers will update the flyby blog regularly. Send your comments.

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artist concept of Enceladus flyby

August 7, 2008

Cassini Prepares to Swoop by Saturn's Geyser-Spewing Moon

Fractures, or "tiger stripes," where icy jets erupt on Saturn's moon Enceladus will be the target of a close flyby by the Cassini spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 11.

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Layers of clay-rich rock

August 7, 2008

Martian Clays Tell Story of a Wet Past

Layers of clay-rich rock at a potential landing site for future Mars rovers suggest a long-term history of liquid water activity, possibly including hot water, at the now-dry site.

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Snow White trench

August 5, 2008

Phoenix Mars Team Opens Window on Scientific Process

Mission scientists today discussed their current investigation into percholate salts detected in Martian soil. The salts are neither good nor bad for life, said one scientist, but do make us reassess how we think about life on Mars.

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Tropical Storm Edouard

August 5, 2008

Edouard Starts Its Trek Deep In the Heart of Texas

Edouard, now a tropical depression, has sloshed its way north of Houston on a trek that will take it "deep in the heart of Texas." This infrared NASA Aqua image was taken at 12:17 PDT August 5.

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Phoenix's robotic arm

August 4, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Analyzing Martian Soil Data

Scientists are analyzing results from soil samples delivered several weeks ago to science instruments on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander to understand the landing site's soil chemistry and mineralogy.

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Tropical Storm Edouard

August 4, 2008

Tropical Storm Edouard Steams Toward Texas/Louisiana

Fed by warm Gulf of Mexico waters, Tropical Storm Edouard gathers strength in the northern Gulf, as seen in this infrared image taken early August 4 from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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panoramic view shoing Phoenix on Mars

July 31, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Confirms Martian Water, Mission Extended

Laboratory tests aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have identified water in a soil sample.

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artist concept of lake on Titan

July 30, 2008

NASA Confirms Liquid Lake on Saturn Moon

NASA scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes observed on Saturn's moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons, and have positively identified the presence of ethane.

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map of sea-level anomalies from July 4 to July 14, 2008

July 30, 2008

Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 Begins Mapping Oceans

Less than a month after launch, the new NASA-French space agency Jason 2 oceanography satellite has produced its first complete maps.

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map showing real and potential earthquakes

July 30, 2008

Quake Demonstrates Ongoing Forecasting Experiment

This week's magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Southern California marks another demonstration of an ongoing experiment by a NASA/Department of Energy-funded research team to forecast the location of large earthquakes in California.

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Animated GIF of Snow Queen

July 29, 2008

Close-Up Images of 'Snow Queen' Show Changes

A distinctive hard-surface feature called "Snow Queen" beneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander visibly changed sometime between mid-June and mid-July, close-up images from the Robotic Arm Camera show.

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Phoenix's Oven Doors Fully Open

July 28, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Working With Sticky Soil

Scientists and engineers on NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission spent the weekend examining how the icy soil on Mars interacts with the scoop on the lander's robotic arm, while trying different techniques to deliver a sample to one of the instruments.

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Phoenix's robotic arm

July 27, 2008

Phoenix Revises Method to Deliver Icy Sample

Phoenix's robotic arm will use a revised collection-and-delivery sequence overnight Sunday with the goal of depositing an icy soil sample in the lander's oven.

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After Rasping in 'Snow White' on Sol 60

July 26, 2008

Lander Collects Icy Soil But Needs to Work on Delivery

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's robotic arm collected a more than adequate amount of icy soil for baking in one of the lander's ovens but will need to adjust how it delivers samples.

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Doors Fully Open on Phoenix's Next Oven

July 25, 2008

Phoenix Scoop Ready for Sampling

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's robotic arm scoop is primed and ready to collect a soil sample from the northern region of Mars to analyze for the presence of water and other possible ingredients.

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'Snow White' Trench After Scraping

July 24, 2008

Trench on Mars Ready for Next Sampling by NASA Lander

Phoenix Mars Lander has groomed the bottom of a shallow trench to prepare for collecting a sample to be analyzed from a hard subsurface layer where the soil may contain frozen water.

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Dolly becomes tropical storm

July 24, 2008

Dolly Ready to Say So Long, Dearie to Texas, Hello to Mexico

A pair of infrared images from JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder show the progression of now Tropical Storm Dolly from Wednesday afternoon, local time, to early Thursday morning, July 24. Dolly is likely to cause widespread flooding.

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panorama image of mars

July 23, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Prepares for Next Sample Analysis

The latest activities of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have moved the mission closer to analyzing a sample of material, possibly icy soil, from a hard layer at the bottom of a shallow trench beside the lander.

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Hurricane Dolly

July 23, 2008

Dolly Starts Her Whirl Through South Texas

NASA's QuikScat satellite captured Hurricane Dolly in her Tuesday clothes last night at 7:24 p.m. Central Time.

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Before and after animation of a trench on Mars

July 22, 2008

Phoenix Completes Longest Work Shift

Phoenix early Tuesday finished its longest work shift of the mission.

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before and after views using software

July 22, 2008

NASA's JPL, Ames Win 2007 NASA Software of Year Award

NASA has selected JPL as one of two winners of the agency's 2007 Software of the Year Award for software to help detect planets outside our solar system.

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fires in Yolla Bolly Range Mountains, July 6, 2008

July 22, 2008

New NASA 'Fire and Smoke' Web Page Shows Latest Fire Views, Research

NASA satellites, aircraft and research know-how, including resources and expertise from JPL, comprise a wealth of cutting-edge tools to help firefighters battle wildfires.

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Tropical Storm Dolly

July 22, 2008

Texas Prepares To Say Hello To Dolly

A still growing Tropical Storm Dolly bridges the gap of the Gulf of Mexico in this July 22 infrared image from NASA's Aqua satellite. Dolly is expected to make landfall Wednesday as a hurricane.

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Doors Fully Open on Phoenix's Next Oven

July 21, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Works Through the Night

To coordinate with observations made by an orbiter flying repeatedly overhead, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is working a schedule Monday that includes staying awake all night for the first time.

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Messier 101

July 21, 2008

Spitzer Reveals 'No Organics' Zone Around Pinwheel Galaxy

The Pinwheel galaxy is gussied up in infrared light in a new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Phoenix Scoop Inverted Showing Rasp

July 18, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Continues Tests with Rasp

The team operating NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander plans to tell the lander today to do a second, larger test of using a motorized rasp to produce and gather shavings of frozen ground.

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moon beginning to pass in front of Earth

July 17, 2008

NASA's Deep Impact Films Earth as an Alien World

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has created a video of the moon passing in front of Earth as seen from the spacecraft's point of view.

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Martian surface seen in 3-D

July 17, 2008

3-D Views Posted From NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission has released stereo images of the Martian surface near the Phoenix lander.

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3 views of Jupiter showing interaction of red spots

July 17, 2008

Three Red Spots Mix it Up on Jupiter

A new sequence of Hubble Space Telescope images offers an unprecedented view of a planetary game of Pac-Man among three red spots clustered together in Jupiter's atmosphere.

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color-enhanced image of the delta in Jezero Crater

July 16, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Shows Diverse, Wet Environments on Ancient Mars

Two studies based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed that the Red Planet once hosted vast lakes and a variety of other wet environments that had the potential to support life.

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Rasping in 'Snow White'

July 16, 2008

Phoenix Rasps Frozen Layer, Collects Sample

A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully drilled into the frozen soil and loosened material that was collected in the lander's scoop.

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montage of planets

July 16, 2008

JPL Enters the Blogosphere

A new JPL blog features scientists and engineers who will offer insights into their areas of expertise - ranging from Mars, Saturn and other solar system bodies to the universe beyond. Topics closer to home, like climate change, will also be discussed. Public comments are welcome.

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map showing height of a tsunami in the open ocean

July 16, 2008

Ocean Surface a Boon for Extreme Event Forecasts, Warnings

For humans in the path of destructive hurricanes and tsunamis, an accurate warning of the pending event is critical for damage control and survival.

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scoop is inverted and the rasp is pointing up.

July 15, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander to Begin Rasping Frozen Layer

A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is being tested for the first time on Mars in gathering sample shavings of ice.

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second brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy

July 15, 2008

Brightest Star in the Galaxy Has New Competition

A contender for the title of brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy has been unearthed in the dusty metropolis of the galaxy's center.

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Trench on Mars

July 14, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Extending Trench

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is using its Robotic Arm to enlarge an exposure of hard subsurface material expected to yield a sample of ice-rich soil for analysis in one of the lander's ovens.

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nanobolometer

July 11, 2008

New Nano-Device to See Invisible Light

JPL physicist Boris S. Karasik co-leads a research team that will help astronomers see invisible light.

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spikes on Phoenix insrument inserted into soil

July 10, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Uses Soil Probe and Swiss Scope

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has touched Martian soil with a fork-like probe for the first time and begun using a microscope that examines shapes of tiny particles by touching them.

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most active star-making galaxy in the very distant universe

July 10, 2008

Rare 'Star-Making Machine' Found in Distant Universe

Astronomers have uncovered an extreme stellar machine -- a galaxy in the very remote universe pumping out stars at a surprising rate of up to 4,000 per year.

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wind power density over oceans in Northern hemisphere

July 9, 2008

Ocean Wind Power Maps Reveal Possible Wind Energy Sources

Efforts to harness the energy potential of Earth's ocean winds could soon gain an important new tool: global satellite maps from NASA.

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current sample scraping area

July 8, 2008

Sample-Collection Tests by NASA's Phoenix Lander Continue

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's science and engineering teams are testing methods to get an icy sample into the Robotic Arm scoop for delivery to the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA).

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Earth

July 8, 2008

NASA Mission to be Crystal Ball into Oceans' Future, Mirror to the Past

Imagine the lives that could be saved from flash floods, and the homes that could be spared from the effects of coastline erosion if only scientists could more accurately predict the dynamics of Earth's often unpredictable oceans.

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Robotic Arm scoop positioned over the Wet Chemistry Lab

July 7, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Lander Delivers Soil-Chemistry Sample

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander used its Robotic Arm to deliver a second sample of soil for analysis by the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory, data received from Phoenix on Sunday night confirmed.

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Giovanni Fazio

July 7, 2008

Spitzer Team Member Wins Gold Medal

Spitzer science team member Giovanni Fazio has won a prestigious award for his outstanding contributions to space science.

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trench on Mars

July 2, 2008

Phoenix to Bake Ice-Rich Sample Next Week

The next sample delivered to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer will be ice-rich.

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artist concept of Voyager and our solar system

July 2, 2008

Voyager Squashes View of Solar System

Scientists using data from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft have observed the bubble of solar wind surrounding the solar system is not round, but has a squashed shape.

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trench on Mars

July 1, 2008

Phoenix Scrapes 'Almost Perfect' Icy Soil for Analysis

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enlarged the "Snow White" trench and scraped up little piles of icy soil on Saturday, June 28, the 33rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.

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section of a supernova remnant

July 1, 2008

Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks

Observations from JPL's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 contributed to this image showing a delicate ribbon of gas floating eerily in space.

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Shell Oil platform

July 1, 2008

New Mission Helps Offshore Industries Dodge Swirling Waters

Hurricanes aren't the only hazards spinning up in the Gulf of Mexico -- they have a liquid counterpart in the waters below called ocean eddies.

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fires near Big Sur, Calif.

June 30, 2008

Smoke Shrouds Idyllic California Coast

Fires near the scenic California resort of Big Sur burn unchecked in this thermal infrared NASA/JPL satellite image taken Sunday, June 29.

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Snow White trenches and scraping

June 27, 2008

Phoenix Scrapes to Icy Soil in Wonderland

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander scraped to icy soil in the "Wonderland" area on Thursday, June 26, confirming that surface soil, subsurface soil and icy soil can be sampled at a single trench.

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Saturn

June 27, 2008

Cassini to Earth: 'Mission Accomplished, But New Questions Await!'

NASA's Cassini mission is closing one chapter of its journey at Saturn and embarking on a new one with a two-year mission that will address new questions and bring it closer to two of its most intriguing targets-Titan and Enceladus.

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map showing location of Tunguska impact

June 27, 2008

100 Years of Space Rock: The Tunguska Impact

At around 7:17 on the morning of June 30, 1908, a man based at the trading post at Vanavara in Siberia is sitting on his front porch.

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microscopic view of contents of scoop

June 26, 2008

Phoenix Returns Treasure Trove for Science

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander performed its first wet chemistry experiment on Martian soil flawlessly yesterday, returning a wealth of data that for Phoenix scientists was like winning the lottery.

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Phoenix Poised to Deliver Sample for Wet Chemistry

June 25, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Puts Soil in Chemistry Lab, Team Discusses Next Steps

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander placed a sample of Martian soil in the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory today for the first time.

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global views showing elevation map of Mars

June 25, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Reveal Largest Crater in Solar System

New analysis of Mars' terrain using NASA spacecraft observations reveals what appears to be by far the largest impact crater ever found in the solar system.

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space-based mapping of ocean

June 25, 2008

NASA Mission to Answer Lingering Questions From Deep Blue Sea

Ocean tides and currents across the globe still hold within their watery grasp the key to unanswered questions about our planet.

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ozone loss indicated in tropical Atlantic

June 25, 2008

Study Zooms In on Ozone Loss

A JPL scientist co-authored a study in tomorrow's (June 26) Nature, finding that sea spray and emissions from microscopic ocean plants are destroying ozone in the lower atmosphere over the tropical Atlantic Ocean at a rate 50 percent higher than predicted by climate models.

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artist concept of Stardust-Next

June 25, 2008

Stardust-Next Burns for Comet Flyby

The Stardust-Next flight team fired their spacecraft's engine today to refine its trajectory. This trajectory sets the stage for an encounter with comet Tempel 1 on February 14, 2011.

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Phoenix Poised to Deliver Sample for Wet Chemistry

June 24, 2008

Phoenix Poised to Deliver Sample for Wet Chemistry

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander repositioned its robotic arm slightly today and is now poised to deliver Martian soil to its wet chemistry laboratory.

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Phoenix's robotic arm carries soil sample

June 23, 2008

Phoenix Lander Prepares for Microscopy, Wet Chemistry on Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has delivered a scoop of Martian soil from the "Snow White" trenches to the optical microscope for analysis tomorrow, June 24, the 29th Martian day of the mission, or Sol 29.

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The new Global Climate Change website

June 23, 2008

New NASA Website Focuses on Global Climate Change

A new website from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is devoted to educating the public about Earth's changing climate.

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Phoenix's robotic arm carries soil sample

June 21, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Delivers Soil Sample to Microscope

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Saturday beamed back images showing that Phoenix's Robotic Arm successfully sprinkled soil onto the delivery port of the lander's Optical Microscope.

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launch of OSTM/Jason 2

June 20, 2008

NASA Launches Ocean Satellite to Keep a Weather, Climate Eye Open

A new oceanography satellite launched on a globe-circling voyage to continue charting sea level, a vital indicator of global climate change.

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Disappearing Ice In Color

June 20, 2008

NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Confirms Frozen Water

Scientists relishing confirmation of water ice near the surface beside NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander anticipate even bigger discoveries from the robotic mission in the weeks ahead.

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sublimation of ice

June 19, 2008

Bright Chunks at Phoenix Lander's Mars Site Must Have Been Ice

Dice-size crumbs of bright material have vanished from inside a trench where they were photographed by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander four days ago, convincing scientists that the material was frozen water that vaporized after digging exposed it.

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Phoenix's robotic arm carries soil sample

June 18, 2008

NASA Mars Lander to Dig; Team Probes Flash Memory

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission generated an unusually high volume of spacecraft housekeeping data on Tuesday causing the loss of some non-critical science data.

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new trench, dubbed 'Snow White'

June 17, 2008

Phoenix Makes First Trench in Science Preserve

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander began digging in an area called "Wonderland" early Tuesday, taking its first scoop of soil from a polygonal surface feature within the "national park" region that mission scientists have been preserving for science.

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ocean waves

June 16, 2008

NASA Mission Poised to Help Us Gauge Our Rising Seas

The newest ocean-observing satellite takes flight this week to make precise measurements of rising global sea level.

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color-coded elevation map

June 16, 2008

NASA Phoenix Lander Bakes Sample, Arm Digs Deeper

One of the ovens on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander continued baking its first sample of Martian soil over the weekend, while the Robotic Arm dug deeper into the soil to learn more about white material first revealed on June 3.

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Cassini Scientist for a Day winners

June 16, 2008

Students Chosen as Cassini Scientists for a Day

Four students have won the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest, with most choosing Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, as the best place for scientists to study using NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Phoenix's robotic arm carries soil sample

June 13, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Inspects Delivered Soil Samples

New observations from Phoenix provide the most magnified view ever seen of Martian soil, showing particles clumping together even at the smallest visible scale.

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Artist's concept of Jason-1 ground track

June 13, 2008

As Jason 2 Awaits Launch, Jason 1 Marks a Milestone

With final preparations underway for next week's launch of NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2, its predecessor marks its 30,000th trip around the world to monitor Earth's ocean.

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Athlete in Moses Lake, Washington

June 13, 2008

Moses Lake Part of Athlete Training

JPL's Athlete (All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) participated in NASA testing of future moon systems at Moses Lake, Washington. The two-week long trial concluded today (June 13).

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Martian soil sprinkled into sample wheel of microscope

June 12, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Delivers Soil Sample to Microscope

Phoenix sprinkled a spoonful of Martian soil Wednesday onto the sample wheel of the spacecraft's robotic microscope station, images received early Thursday confirmed.

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artist concept of Ulysses and sun

June 12, 2008

International Mission Studying Sun to Conclude

Ulysses, a joint NASA and European Space Agency mission to study the sun, will end on or about July 1, after 17 years of pioneering sun studies.

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two trenches dug by Phoenix's Robotic Arm

June 11, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Lander Has An Oven Full Of Martian Soil

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has filled its first oven with Martian soil.

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sequence of four images from the spacecraft's Surface Stereo Imager

June 10, 2008

NASA Lander Will Sprinkle Martian Soil for Microscope to View

The team operating NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander plans to instruct the spacecraft in the next few days to use its Robotic Arm to sprinkle a spoonful of Martian soil onto a wheel that will rotate the sample into place for viewing by the spacecraft's Optical Microscope.

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Martian soil resting on a screen

June 9, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Testing Sprinkle Technique

Engineers are testing a revised method for delivering soil samples to laboratory instruments on Phoenix's deck now that researchers appreciate how clumpy the soil is at the landing site.

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raw image of Mars from Phoenix

June 8, 2008

Phoenix Sifts for Samples, Continues Imaging Landing Site

On Sunday, mechanical shakers inside the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer on Phoenix will attempt to loosen clumped soils on the device's screens to allow material to fall into the oven for analysis later in the week.

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Robotic Arm of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander

June 7, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Checking Soil Properties

The arm of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander released a handful of clumpy Martian soil onto a screened opening of a laboratory instrument on the spacecraft Friday, but the instrument did not confirm that any of the sample passed through the screen.

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Robotic Arm scoop with a soil sample

June 6, 2008

NASA Mars Lander Scoops First Soil Sample for Laboratory Analysis

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander made its first dig into Martian soil for science studies and is poised to deliver the scoopful to a laboratory instrument on the lander deck.

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new large landslide dams and lakes caused by earthquake

June 6, 2008

JPL Instrument Surveys Quake Area

This image, acquired on June 1, 2008, shows two of the new large landslide dams and lakes, which resulted from the Sichuan earthquake in China, May 12, 2008.

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microscopic image of dust and sand on Mars

June 5, 2008

Highest Resolution View Ever From Mars Comes From NASA Lander

A microscope on NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander has taken images of dust and sand particles with the greatest resolution ever returned from another planet.

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Martian soil near Phoenix lander

June 4, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Ready to Gather Samples

Two practice rounds of digging and dumping the clumpy soil at the Martian arctic site this week gave scientists and engineers gathered at the University of Arizona confidence to begin using Phoenix's Robotic Arm to deliver soil samples to instruments on the lander deck.

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Saturn's F ring

June 4, 2008

Cassini Sees Collisions of Moons on Saturn's Ring

Cassini scientists have discovered that the rapid changes in Saturn's F ring are due to small moons colliding with the ring. These results are reported in the June 5 issue of Nature.

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Martian soil near Phoenix lander

June 3, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Retesting Release of Martian Soil

Engineers and scientists operating NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander decided early today to repeat a practice test of releasing Martian soil from the scoop on the lander's Robotic Arm.

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infrared view of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way

June 3, 2008

Spitzer Captures Stellar Coming of Age in Our Galaxy

More than 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have been stitched together to create a new "coming of age" portrait of stars in our inner Milky Way galaxy.

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artist concept of Milky Way

June 3, 2008

Two of the Milky Way's Spiral Arms Go Missing

New images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are shedding light on the true structure of the Milky Way, revealing that it has just two major arms of stars instead of the four it was previously thought to possess.

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impression on the surface of Mars

June 2, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Scoops Up Martian Soil

One week after landing on far-northern Mars, NASA Phoenix spacecraft lifted its first scoop of Martian soil as a test of the lander's Robotic Arm.

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Phoenix's impression on Mars

June 1, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Lander Makes an Impression on Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander reached out and touched the Martian soil for the first time on Saturday, May 31, the first step in a series of actions expected to bring soil and ice to the lander's experiments.

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View under Phoenix

May 31, 2008

Camera on Arm Looks Beneath NASA Mars Lander

A view of the ground underneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander adds to evidence that descent thrusters dispersed overlying soil and exposed a harder substrate that may be ice.

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Mars surface under Phoenix

May 30, 2008

NASA'S Phoenix Lander Robotic Arm Camera Sees Possible Ice

TUCSON, Ariz.-- Scientists have discovered what may be ice that was exposed when soil was blown away as NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars last Sunday, May 25.

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Phoenix on Mars

May 29, 2008

NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Puts Arm and Other Tools to Work

NASA's Mars lander is returning more detailed images from the Martian surface and is now preparing its instruments for science operations.

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remnant of a star that exploded and its surrounding light echoes

May 29, 2008

Scientists Hold Seance for Supernova

Astronomers have unearthed secrets from the grave of a star that blasted apart in a supernova explosion long ago.

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artist concept of Titan flyby

May 29, 2008

Cassini Flies By Titan, Readies for Extended Tour

On May 28, the Cassini spacecraft successfully completed a flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, the last flyby of the original four-year tour, but Cassini's exploration of Saturn will continue for two more years.

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on left, robotic arm elbow joint stowed and on right, the same area after commands

May 28, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Spacecraft Commanded to Unstow Arm

Scientists leading NASA's Phoenix Mars mission from the University of Arizona in Tucson sent commands to unstow its robotic arm and take more images of its landing site early today.

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 ghostly ring extending seven light-years across around the corpse of a massive star

May 28, 2008

Strange Ring Found Circling Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a bizarre ring of material around the magnetic remains of a star that blasted to smithereens.

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artist concept of satellites above Earth

May 27, 2008

NASA Satellites Illuminate Pollution's Influence on Clouds, Climate

Using data from instruments in a constellation of NASA satellites, scientists have discovered that they can see deep inside of clouds.

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Phoenix on Mars

May 27, 2008

Orbiter Relays Second-Day Information From NASA Mars Lander

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully received information from the Phoenix Mars Lander Tuesday evening and relayed the information to Earth.

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The butterfly-like object in this picture is NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander,

May 27, 2008

NASA Mars Lander Prepares to Move Arm

NASA's Phoenix Lander is ready to begin moving its robotic arm, first unlatching its wrist and then flexing its elbow.

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artist concept of exoplanet

May 27, 2008

Experts Discuss How to Find Another Earth

On May 29 and 30, astronomers and scientists from all around the world will gather in Pasadena to discuss how we might find another Earth, and how we might detect possible life on it.

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NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander can be seen parachuting down to Mars

May 26, 2008

Camera on Mars Orbiter Snaps Phoenix During Landing

A telescopic camera in orbit around Mars caught a view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute during the lander's successful arrival at Mars Sunday evening, May 25.

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Phoenix Project Manager Barry Goldstein and Principal Investigator Peter Smith

May 25, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Spacecraft Reports Good Health After Mars Landing

A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.

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Phoenix on Mars

May 25, 2008

NASA's Phoenix Spacecraft Lands at Martian Arctic Site

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars today to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm.

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Phoenix in space

May 25, 2008

Mars Pulls Phoenix in

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander sped on Sunday morning toward its arrival at Mars, as the tug of the Red Planet's gravity accelerated the craft during the final day of its trip from Earth to Mars.

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montage of Phoenix landing on Mars

May 25, 2008

No Final Nudge Needed for Phoenix

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will reach Mars this evening with no further adjustments to its flight path.

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montage of Phoenix landing on Mars

May 24, 2008

Phoenix Lander Update: No Saturday Night Maneuver

Mission controllers for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander decided Saturday afternoon, May 24, to forgo the second-to-last opportunity for adjusting the spacecraft's flight path.

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simulation of Phoenix landing

May 23, 2008

Phoenix Preview: Guided Tour of Mars Landing

Catch this guided tour with Rob Manning, chief engineer for JPL's Mars Program, as he describes a simulation of the Mars Phoenix landing, scheduled for Sunday, May 25.

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artist montage showing Phoenix landing events

May 22, 2008

Phoenix Spacecraft on Course for May 25 Mars Landing

With three days and 3 million miles left to fly before arriving at Mars, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is on track for its destination in the Martian arctic.

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May 22, 2008

Conference to Feature JPL Research on Earth's Air and Water

JPL scientists will discuss such topics as air quality and Earth's water cycle at next week's American Geophysical Union meeting in Florida.

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red spot on Jupiter

May 22, 2008

New Red Spot Glows on Jupiter's Surface

A new red spot on Jupiter has been captured by the JPL-built and designed Wide Field and Planetary 2 Camera, onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This makes for three red spots, or high turbulence storms, on Jupiter.

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Jupiter's Little Red Spot

May 21, 2008

High Winds in Jupiter's Little Red Spot

Jupiter's Little Red Spot, one of the solar system's largest and newest storms, also has some of the highest wind speeds ever detected on any planet. These results, co-authored by several JPL scientists, are published in the June issue of the Astronomical Journal.

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artist concept of OSTM/Jason-2 in space

May 20, 2008

Joint NASA-French Satellite to Track Trends in Sea Level, Climate

A satellite that will help scientists better monitor and understand rises in global sea level is undergoing final preparations for a June 15 launch.

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global map of Saturn's moon Dione

May 20, 2008

Maps of Saturn's Moon Dione Now Available

A detailed map of Saturn's fractured moon Dione, made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is available today, along with a series of atlases of the icy moon.

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artist concept of Phoenix in space

May 19, 2008

Closing in on Mars: Course Slightly Adjusted

Phoenix successfully performed a maneuver on May 17 to adjust its course slightly toward the center of the approved landing area.

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artist concept of Phoenix

May 19, 2008

Mars Phoenix on Facebook and Twitter

JPL has a page on social-networking site Facebook and is also using micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Phoenix landing blog

May 19, 2008

Follow Events on Phoenix Mars Landing Blog

Phoenix mission members are now updating our blog as landing day approaches. We will be blogging from JPL's mission control on Sunday, May 25, as the spacecraft touches down on Mars.

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artist concept of Phoenix landing on Mars

May 16, 2008

NASA Briefings and TV Coverage Schedule for Phoenix Mars Landing

NASA news briefings, live commentary and updates before and after the scheduled Sunday, May 25 arrival of the agency's Phoenix Mars Lander will be available on NASA Television and on the Web.

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artist concept of Phoenix in space and landing

May 16, 2008

Destination Mars: Entry, Descent and Landing

It will be a real nail-biter on May 25, 2008, for engineers, as the Phoenix spacecraft performs a series of challenging maneuvers right before it lands on Mars.

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north polar cap of Mars

May 15, 2008

NASA Satellite Finds Interior of Mars Is Colder

New observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate that the crust and upper mantle of Mars are stiffer and colder than previously thought.

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engineering model for Mars Science Lab

May 14, 2008

Latino JPL Engineers To Inspire Students in Webcast

Six JPL engineers are included in a live Webcast about engineering opportunities in the space program on Thursday, May 15.

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artist concept of Phoenix landing on Mars

May 14, 2008

Phoenix Landing Events Schedule

This is a list of events during and around the Phoenix landing on Mars.

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artist concept showing what concentric rings might look like at Europa

May 14, 2008

Wandering Poles on Europa Point to Ocean

Global mapping of unusual large circular features on Jupiter's moon Europa reveals the moon is even more unstable than previously thought, and provides independent confirmation of a water ocean not far beneath its icy shell.

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map showing Phoenix and other Mars lander locations

May 13, 2008

NASA Phoenix Mission Ready For Mars Landing

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is preparing to end its long journey and begin a three-month mission to taste and sniff fistfuls of Martian soil and buried ice.

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artist depiction of Titan flyby

May 13, 2008

Cassini's Radar Peers Through Titan's Haze

Cassini completed a successful flyby of Titan on May 12, for the first of two such flybys that will wrap up the original four-year mission.

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artist concept of Phoenix in space

May 9, 2008

Phoenix Flying True Enough to Skip One Scheduled Adjustment

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander continues on course for its May 25 arrival at Mars.

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engineer inspects scoop on robotic arm of Phoenix

May 9, 2008

Intense Testing Paved Phoenix Road to Mars

When NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander descends to the surface of the Red Planet on May 25, few will be watching as closely as those who have spent years planning, analyzing and conducting tests to prepare for the dramatic and nerve-wracking event.

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artist concept of Ulysses spacecraft

May 8, 2008

Ulysses Team Recognized with International Award

The Ulysses mission operations team has won an international award for its outstanding contributions to the joint ESA/NASA observatory mission, now orbiting the poles of the sun.

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wave pattern, or oscillation, in Saturn's atmosphere

May 7, 2008

Saturn Does the Wave in Upper Atmosphere

Two decades of scrutinizing Saturn are finally paying off, as scientists have discovered a wave pattern, or oscillation, in Saturn's atmosphere only visible from Earth every 15 years.

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location of dust devil near Phoenix landing site

May 6, 2008

Mars Orbiter Eyes Dust Devils at Phoenix Landing Site

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of dust devils -- swirling dust storms -- near the landing site for the Mars Phoenix lander on the northern Martian plains.

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artist concept of Kepler

May 5, 2008

NASA Kepler Mission Offers Opportunity to Send Names Into Space

Here's your chance to have your name on board the spacecraft that could discover the first known Earth-like planet beyond our solar system.

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Tropical Cyclone Nargis

May 5, 2008

Tropical Cyclone Nargis Rakes Burma

The tropical cyclone that devastated Burma over the weekend is seen in this infrared image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder. Areas in purple represent the high, cold cloud tops that make up the top of Nargis.

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Winners from the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC. on May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008

Santa Monica High Wins National Science Bowl

Santa Monica High School has won the National Science Bowl in Washington. This is the first time the winner of JPL's regional Science Bowl has also placed first in the national competition.

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radar view of sand dunes on Titan, top, and Namibian dunes on Earth

May 2, 2008

Titan's Smoggy Sand Grains

NASA scientist Jason Barnes says Titan and Earth have much in common, but not when it comes to sand.

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Jeff Oster

May 2, 2008

All That Cassini Jazz

A musician has made music out of the eerie sounds around Saturn recorded by the Cassini spacecraft.

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images from JPL Space Gallery

May 2, 2008

New Image Gallery Has an Eye for Beauty

JPL's new online Space Gallery captures the beauty of Earth, the solar system and the universe in a single web site. Features include a scrollable image navigation and a toggle to see slide shows.

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Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

April 30, 2008

Ocean Survey Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Site

A spacecraft designed to continue a long-term survey of Earth's oceans has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for final launch preparations.

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Jupiter's system of rings

April 30, 2008

Jupiter's Shadow Sculpts Its Rings

Using data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, scientists have shown that Jupiter's shadow is shaping the planet's rings and the orbits of particles within the rings.

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enhanced view of storm on Saturn

April 29, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Tracks Raging Saturn Storm

Cassini watches as a powerful electrical storm rages on Saturn with lightning bolts 10,000 times more powerful than those found on Earth.

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artist concept of ExoMars rover

April 29, 2008

NASA Experiment Planned for European Mars Mission

NASA is funding work on an instrument that could check for biologically produced chemicals on Mars. The device may hitch a ride on Europe's 2013 ExoMars Rover mission.

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ultraviolet view of galaxy M106

April 28, 2008

Galaxy Evolution Explorer Celebrates Five Years in Space

Since its launch five years ago, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer has photographed hundreds of millions of galaxies in ultraviolet light.

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Arp 148

April 24, 2008

Wild Galaxies Collide

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 18th anniversary with a new collection of images showcasing colliding galaxies, including some captured by JPL's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

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artist concept of the Mars Exploration Rover

April 23, 2008

Shoulder Motor Balks on Opportunity Rover's Robotic Arm

A small motor in the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity that began stalling occasionally more than two years ago has become more troublesome recently.

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JPLers prepare for Open House

April 22, 2008

JPL Invites Public to Open House

At this free, all-day event on May 3 and 4, visitors can watch 700-pound robots glide under artificial stars in JPL's Robodome and get an up-close view of full-scale models of Mars rovers.

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montage of global views of Earth

April 22, 2008

JPL Earth Scientists Reflect on Earth Day

In commemoration of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, we asked JPL Earth scientists to reflect on the event and what it means to them.

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Jason data showing La Nina

April 21, 2008

Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger

Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La Ninas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator.

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spacecraft being loaded into container

April 18, 2008

Ocean-Monitoring Satellite One Step Closer to Launch

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite, which will study Earth's weather and climate, is packed for its journey to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Launch is set for June 15.

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Montage of images of Saturn and some of its moons

April 17, 2008

Saturn Images Showcased in New York City

A selection of the best images from Saturn, its rings and moons will appear in an exhibition opening on April 26 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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map of high winds in Gulf Stream

April 17, 2008

New Atlases Use NASA Data to Chart Ocean Winds

Researchers have compiled years of data from NASA's QuikScat satellite to create three new atlases of ocean wind patterns around the globe.

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images from a radar sounder instruments

April 17, 2008

Mars Radar Opens a New Dimension in Planet Exploration

A radar instrument co-sponsored by NASA on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has looked beneath the surface of Mars and opened up a new dimension for planetary exploration.

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Asteroid Apophis

April 16, 2008

NASA Statement on Student Asteroid Calculations

The Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has not changed its current estimates for the very low probability (1 in 45,000) of an Earth impact by the asteroid Apophis in 2036.

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M83 galaxy

April 16, 2008

Stellar Birth in the Galactic Wilderness

A new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows baby stars sprouting in the backwoods of a galaxy.

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montage of Saturn's moons

April 15, 2008

NASA Extends Cassini's Grand Tour of Saturn

The historic spacecraft, whose stunning discoveries and images have revolutionized our knowledge of Saturn and its moons, gets two more years at the ringed planet.

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artist concept of Phoenix in space

April 10, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Fine Tunes Course for Mars Landing

NASA engineers have adjusted the flight path of the Phoenix Mars Lander, setting the spacecraft on course for its May 25 landing on the Red Planet.

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cluster brimming with millions of stars

April 10, 2008

Spitzer Sees Shining Stellar Sphere

Millions of clustered stars glisten like an iridescent opal in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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technician scans patient with carotid artery ultrasound

April 10, 2008

NASA Technologies Enter Space Technology Hall of Fame

The Space Foundation today is inducting three NASA-developed technologies into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

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powerful gamma ray burst

April 10, 2008

Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion

JPL's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an optical image of what was a titanic gamma-ray blast.

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JPL

April 9, 2008

JPL Wins Award From U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named JPL as the winner of its 2008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in the research and development category.

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Phobos from 6,800 Kilometers (Color)

April 9, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Images Mars Moon in Color and in 3D

A new stereo view of Phobos, the larger and inner of Mars' two tiny moons, has been captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars.

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parachute open

April 4, 2008

No Speed Limit on Mars

It's a good thing there's no speed limit on Mars, because the next parachute to fly to the red planet will deploy faster than you can legally drive on a California freeway!

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volcano on Hawaii

April 4, 2008

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Belches A Toxic Brew

The summit of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island developed a new vent in March and produced its first explosion in 84 years. The ash plume of the new vent is seen in this pair of recent infrared NASA satellite images.

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student participants in scientist-for-a-day program

April 3, 2008

Want to be a Cassini Scientist for a Day?

If you're a student who's ever wondered what it's like to be a NASA scientist, look no further.

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artist concept of Stardust nearing Earth

April 3, 2008

Stardust Stars on Earth as it Does in the Heavens

While their spacecraft's journeys may have taken it more than halfway to Jupiter, members of the Stardust team have lately been doing some roaming of their own.

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NASA plane

April 1, 2008

NASA Launches Airborne Study of Arctic Atmosphere, Air Pollution

This month, NASA begins the most extensive field campaign ever to investigate the chemistry of the Arctic's lower atmosphere.

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Image showing infrared brightness of the central peak and wall of a crater in Tyrrhena Terra, in Mars' southern highlands

March 31, 2008

Students Help Explore Mars through Innovative Program

High school students in three states are working with Mars researchers on observations for an instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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annotated heat map of active south polar region of enceladus

March 26, 2008

Cassini Tastes Organic Material at Saturn's Geyser Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft tasted and sampled a surprising organic brew erupting in geyser-like fashion from Saturn's moon Enceladus during a close flyby on March 12.

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hot water rises like black smoke from a hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor

March 26, 2008

A Perspective on Life on Enceladus: A World of Possibilities

Could microbial life exist inside Enceladus, where no sunlight reaches, photosynthesis is impossible and no oxygen is available?

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team controlling their robot to move the red ball

March 24, 2008

High-Schoolers Go Into Overdrive at FIRST Robotics Competition

Fifty-two teams from high schools in Southern California, Arizona and New Hampshire competed in the Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Competition last Friday and Saturday.

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This graphic  depicts a cross-section of the Saturnian moon

March 20, 2008

Cassini Spacecraft Finds Ocean May Exist Beneath Titan's Crust

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan.

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This image provides views of a site indicating the presence of chloride salt deposits.

March 20, 2008

NASA Mission Finds New Clues to Guide Search for Life on Mars

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has found evidence of salt deposits. These deposits point to places where water once was abundant and where evidence might exist of possible Martian life from the Red Planet's past.

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artist concept of extrasolar planet HD 189733b

March 19, 2008

Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet

A team of astronomers, led by JPL's Mark Swain, has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star.

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Mark Swain

March 19, 2008

JPL's Mark Swain: Expert on Exoplanets and Espresso

Coffee is one of the tools that Mark Swain, a JPL research scientist, uses to stay sharp when he studies exoplanets, or planets around other stars.

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Enceladus

March 13, 2008

Cassini Flies Through Watery Plumes of Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed a daring flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wed., March 12, flying about 15 kilometers per second (32,000 mph) through icy water geyser-like jets.

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Artist concept ofyoung star encircled by a disk of gas and dust.

March 13, 2008

Spitzer Finds Organics and Water Where New Planets May Grow

Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered large amounts of simple organic gases and water vapor in a possible planet-forming region around an infant star, along with evidence that these molecules were created there.

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technician scans patient with carotid artery ultrasound

March 13, 2008

JPL Technologies Chosen for Space Technology Hall of Fame

PASADENA, CALIF. -- Two technologies developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been selected for the Space Foundation's 2008 Space Technology Hall of Fame.

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Enceladus

March 13, 2008

Cassini Gets Close-Up Views of Enceladus

Raw, or unprocessed, images from Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus are now available. The flyby occurred on Wed., March 12.

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artist concept of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

March 12, 2008

JPL Researchers Aboard Robotic Moon Mission

Two JPL researchers are among 24 selected to initiate new investigations and help measurements planned for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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radio-controlled model blimp

March 12, 2008

Researchers Flex Artificial Muscles

Scientific researchers from around the world made a robotic fish swim, a synthetic flower bloom, and a giant metallic blimp fly using artificial muscles at an annual conference.

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Enceladus

March 11, 2008

Blog With Cassini to Enceladus

Follow along as Cassini team members update our blog about the flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Cassini makes its closest pass to the moon on Wednesday, Mar. 12. Add your comments.

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This is an artist concept of Cassini flying past Enceladus.

March 10, 2008

Cassini Spacecraft to Dive Into Water Plume of Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make an unprecedented "in your face" flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wed., March 12.

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ocean waves

March 7, 2008

Scientists Solve 50-Year-Old Mystery of Oceans' Seismic 'Buzz'

Scientists have solved a 50-year-old mystery by pinpointing a place in the North Atlantic where the energy of crashing ocean waves creates a continuous seismic "buzz."

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artist concept of Rhea rings

March 6, 2008

Saturn's Moon Rhea Also May Have Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of material orbiting Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon.

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Earth and Moon

March 6, 2008

Home Planet Viewed From Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this view of Earth and the moon with its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera. Earth was 142 million kilometers (88 million miles) from Mars at the time.

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Amazingly, this image has captured at least four Martian avalanches, or debris falls, in action.

March 3, 2008

NASA Spacecraft Photographs Avalanches on Mars

Pasadena, Calif. - A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole.

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artist concept of planet circling star

March 3, 2008

JPL Helps Shoot for the Moon, Stars, Planets and More

A giant telescope, galaxy maps, and laser beacons on Mars are only a few of the ideas that teams selected by NASA will study for the next generation of astronomy and astrophysics missions.

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artist concept of Phoenix landing on Mars

February 28, 2008

Spacecraft at Mars Prepare to Welcome New Kid on the Block

Three Mars spacecraft are adjusting their orbits to be over the right place at the right time to listen to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander as it enters the Martian atmosphere on May 25.

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lunar surface

February 27, 2008

NASA Views Landing Site Through Eyes of Future Moon Crew

NASA has obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region, with a resolution to 20 meters (66 feet) per pixel.

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kids watch their robot in action

February 27, 2008

Two Schools Rule at Robot Match

Two Southern California schools captured top honors at a Lego robotics competition sponsored by JPL on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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This artist's concept shows a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star.

February 26, 2008

Spitzer's Eyes Perfect for Spotting Diamonds in the Sky

Diamonds may be rare on Earth, but surprisingly common in space -- and the super-sensitive infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are perfect for scouting them.

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artist concept of cassini flyby

February 25, 2008

Cassini Images Huygens Landing Site

A little more than three years after the Huygens probe landed on Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini's radar instrument got another look at the landing area during a successful flyby on Feb. 22.

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artist concept of Ulysses and sun

February 22, 2008

International Solar Mission to End Following Stellar Performance

The joint NASA and European Space Agency Ulysses mission to study the sun and its influence on surrounding space is likely to cease operations in the next few months.

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artist concept of Kepler

February 20, 2008

Tests Underway for Kepler Mission Image Detectors

Sensitive detectors that may help find habitable planets orbiting distant stars as part of NASA's Kepler Mission are undergoing tests at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California.

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montage of Saturn's moons

February 19, 2008

Cassini Finds Mingling Moons May Share a Dark Past

Despite the incredible diversity of Saturn's icy moons, theirs is a story of great interaction.

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Sixty for Saturn

February 19, 2008

High Energy Electron Holes Reveal Unseen Rings

Gaps in the soup of high energy particles near the orbits of two of Saturn's tiny moons indicate that Saturn may be surrounded by undiscovered, near-invisible partial rings.

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artist concept shows montage rocky, terrestrial worlds

February 17, 2008

Many, Perhaps Most, Nearby Sun-Like Stars May Form Rocky Planets

Astronomers have discovered that terrestrial planets might form around many, if not most, of the nearby sun-like stars in our galaxy.

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bedrock within a stratigraphic layer informally named 'Lyell'

February 15, 2008

Mars Rovers Sharpen Questions About Livable Conditions

Like salt used as a preservative, high concentrations of dissolved minerals in the wet, early-Mars environment known from discoveries by NASA's Opportunity rover may have thwarted any microbes from developing or surviving.

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artist concept of infrared view showing what star and its planet may look like

February 15, 2008

NASA Sponsors Studies of Next Generation Astronomy Missions

JPL is involved in 15 of 19 science teams selected by NASA to conduct yearlong studies of new concepts for its next generation of major observatories.

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artist concept of terrain on Titan

February 13, 2008

Titan's Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves on Earth

Saturn's moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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cluster of yellowish galaxies

February 12, 2008

Astronomers Eye Ultra-Young, Bright Galaxy in Early Universe

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, with a boost from a natural "zoom lens," have uncovered what may be one of the youngest and brightest galaxies ever seen in the middle of the cosmic "dark ages."

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Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

February 11, 2008

Spitzer Catches Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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winning team

February 11, 2008

Santa Monica High Wins Science Bowl

Santa Monica High School won the Science Bowl held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at JPL. The school advances to the national competition, where science-savvy students wrestle with concepts like the laws of thermodynamics and quadratic functions.

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Dr. Lee-Lueng Fu

February 8, 2008

JPL Scientists Earn Highest National Engineering Honor

Lee-Lueng Fu, a senior research scientist at JPL, and a former JPL scientist have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering -- among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

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Australian rowers after crossing Tasman Sea

February 8, 2008

Ocean-Observing Satellites Help Break Current Records

Two different teams of ocean adventurers set records this winter crossing the Tasman Sea. Both used maps of ocean currents made possible by ocean-observing satellites.

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Saturn mural

February 8, 2008

Students Paint a Window to Saturn

Art students have literally left their mark at JPL with a gigantic, multi-wall mural of the Cassini spacecraft's latest discoveries about Saturn and its moons.

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Cloudsat data of tornado outbreak

February 8, 2008

CloudSat Profiles Tornado Outbreak

The intense thunderstorms responsible for this week's deadly outbreak of tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas were imaged by the Cloud Profiling Radar on NASA's CloudSat satellite on February 5.

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Airs hurricane data

February 8, 2008

Through the Eye of the Storm: A Look Back at 2007's Hurricane Season

NASA satellites were on the watch as the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season unfolded.

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This graphic shows how the ice particles and water vapor observed spewing from geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

February 7, 2008

Scientists Study 'Plumbing' in Plumes of Enceladus

Scientists on the Cassini mission have become out-of-this world "plumbers" as they try to piece together what's happening inside the "pipes" feeding the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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southern hemisphere of Enceladus

February 5, 2008

Saturn Has a 'Giant Sponge'

One of Saturn's rings does housecleaning, soaking up material gushing from the fountains on Saturn's tiny ice moon Enceladus, according to new observations from the Cassini spacecraft.

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Mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

January 31, 2008

NASA and the Beatles Celebrate Anniversaries by Beaming Song 'Across the Universe' Into Deep Space

For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song - The Beatles "Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, Feb. 4.

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screen from Cassini interactive

January 31, 2008

Journey to Saturn From Your Computer

Want a peek at Saturn as seen from space? A new interactive 3-D viewer allows users to travel to Saturn and see the ringed world the way the Cassini spacecraft does.

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Mississippi river delta

January 31, 2008

NASA Finds Glacial Sediments Adding to Louisiana Coast's Sinking

A study by NASA and Louisiana State University scientists finds that sediments deposited into the Mississippi River delta thousands of years ago when North America's glaciers retreated are contributing to the ongoing sinking of Louisiana's coastline.

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artist concept showing radio signals from Cassini

January 31, 2008

Cassini Finds Rhythm in Saturn's Rings

Order can be found in the most unexpected places, as demonstrated by our neighbor three planets down.

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artist concept showing model of Explorer 1 held high after announcing news of its success

January 30, 2008

Public Invited to Celebrate America's First Satellite, Virtually

JPL's Explorer 1 site features archival video footage, an interactive peek inside the satellite and a downloadable, in-depth book about the era and the mission.

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radar image of 2007 TU24 from Jan. 28, 2008

January 29, 2008

Asteroid Zooms by Earth

As expected, Asteroid 2007 TU24 made its closest approach to Earth at 12:33 a.m. today, Jan. 29 (3:33 a.m. Eastern time), and is now headed away from our planet.

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Keck telescopes

January 28, 2008

Linked Hawaiian Telescopes Catch a Nova Surprise

First results from NASA's Keck Interferometer in Hawaii are helping scientists overturn long-standing assumptions about powerful nova explosions.

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radar image of 2007 TU24 from Jan. 28, 2008

January 25, 2008

NASA Scientists Get First Images of Earth Flyby Asteroid

Scientists at JPL have obtained the first images of asteroid 2007 TU24 using high-resolution radar data.

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representation of galaxies in and surrounding a galaxy cluster

January 25, 2008

Cosmic Suburbia Is a Better Breeding Ground for Stars

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that galaxies prefer to raise stars in cosmic suburbia rather than in "big cities."

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'Lyell' Panorama inside Victoria Crater

January 25, 2008

Opportunity Marks Four Years on Mars

During four months prior to the fourth anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity examined rocks in the western portion of Victoria Crater.

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artist concept of Stardust nearing Earth

January 25, 2008

Stardust Comet Dust Resembles Asteroid Materials

Contrary to scientists' expectations, much of the comet dust returned by NASA's Stardust mission formed very close to the young sun and was somehow differentiated from the other materials that are believed to have formed in the early solar system.

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Internal Heat Drives Jupiter's Giant Storm Eruption

January 24, 2008

Giant Storm Eruption at Jupiter Unearths a Buried Past

Scientists around the globe have observed an astonishing and rare change in Jupiter's atmosphere -- a huge disturbance churning in the middle northern latitudes of the planet as two giant storms erupted.

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asteroid 2007 TU24

January 24, 2008

Asteroid to Make Rare Close Flyby of Earth January 29

Scientists are monitoring the orbit of asteroid 2007 TU24.

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Dust-Devil Tracks in Southern Schiaparelli Basin

January 23, 2008

Orbiting Camera Details Dramatic Wind Action on Mars

Mars' atmosphere is challenging scientists to explain complex, wind-sculpted landforms seen with unprecedented detail in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Antarctica showing ice loss between 1996 and 2005

January 23, 2008

Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Up, Nearly Matches Greenland Loss

Ice loss in Antarctica increased by 75 percent in the last 10 years due to a speed-up in the flow of its glaciers and is now nearly as great as that observed in Greenland, according to a new, comprehensive study by NASA and university scientists.

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GPS data showing December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

January 17, 2008

NASA Tsunami Research Makes Waves in Science Community

A wave of new NASA research on tsunamis may improve existing warning systems and proposes a potentially groundbreaking new theory.

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Benham Badie, M.D., director of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Brain Tumor program at City of Hope

January 16, 2008

JPL Nanotubes Help Advance Brain Tumor Research

PASADENA, Calif.- The potential of carbon nanotubes to diagnose and treat brain tumors is being explored through a partnership between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and City of Hope, a leading cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, Calif.

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stellar debris in Large Magellanic Cloud

January 15, 2008

NASA Unveils Cosmic Images Book in Braille for Blind Readers

NASA unveiled a new book that brings majestic images taken by its Great Observatories to the fingertips of the blind.

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artist concept of Ulysses spacecraft

January 14, 2008

Ulysses Spacecraft Flies Over Sun's North Pole

The Ulysses spacecraft today is making a rare flyby of the sun's north pole. Unlike any other spacecraft, Ulysses is able to sample winds at the sun's poles.

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artist rendering uses an arrow to show the predicted path of the asteroid on Jan. 30, 2008, and the orange swath indicates the area it is expected to pass through. Mars may or may not be in its path.

January 11, 2008

Astronomers Rule Out Possibility of Asteroid Impact on Mars

As expected, scientists at JPL's Near-Earth Object Office have further refined the trajectory estimate for asteroid 2007 WD5 and ruled out any possibility of a Mars impact on Jan. 30.

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This artist's concept illustrates the two types of spiral galaxies that populate our universe

January 10, 2008

Even Thin Galaxies Can Grow Fat Black Holes

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected plump black holes where least expected -- skinny galaxies.

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conference image

January 9, 2008

JPL to Host High-Tech Small-Business Conference

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 20th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 4 and 5 at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Infrared image of nearby star HD 61005

January 8, 2008

Astronomers Present Results about 'The Moth' and a Bizarre Ring

News about a moth-like star system and the first double Einstein ring was presented today at an astronomy conference in Austin, Texas. (Jan. 10)

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raw image of Titan

January 7, 2008

Cassini Completes First Titan Visit of the New Year

The Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Titan on Jan. 5. Its visual and infrared mapping spectrometer mapped the Huygens probe's landing site, now in direct sunlight.

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hot spot on Saturn's north pole and the mysterious hexagon that encircles the pole

January 3, 2008

Hot Cyclones Churn at Both Ends of Saturn

Despite more than a decade of winter darkness, Saturn's north pole is home to an unexpected hot spot remarkably similar to one at the planet's sunny south pole.

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JPL float in Rose Parade

January 2, 2008

JPL Rose Parade Float Salutes 50 Years of Exploration

Planets and spacecraft sprung forth from JPL's float in this year's Rose Parade. The float's theme highlighted the upcoming 50th anniversary of the JPL-designed and built Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite to orbit Earth.

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Spirit's West Valley Panorama

January 2, 2008

Mars Rover Keeping the Spirit at Four

NASA's Spirit rover is spending its fourth anniversary on Mars at the northern edge of a low plateau. It landed on Mars Jan. 4, 2004, Universal Time (Jan. 3, 2004, Pacific Time).

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